The Center for Competitive Politics seeks summer communications and research interns. CCP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization focused on protecting the First Amendment political rights of speech, assembly, and petition. Through litigation, research, education, and outreach, CCP opposes limits and regulations on First Amendment rights such as campaign finance “reform,” the “fairness doctrine” in talk radio, and taxpayer funded political campaigns.

Communications Intern

CCP’s communications intern will write op-eds and press releases, schedule media interviews, track media coverage of CCP’s issues, develop press lists, blog on CCP’s issues and assist with minimal clerical work like compiling media contacts.

Research & Government Relations Intern

CCP’s research & government relations intern will assist the research & government relations team with research projects, compiling academic research on First Amendment issues in politics and outreach to lawmakers and coalition partners.

Candidates for CCP’s internships should have completed at least two years of undergraduate study.

Prospective interns should have the following skills and experience: excellent writing skills, solid analytical ability and internet research skills, familiarity with Microsoft Office applications including Outlook, Word and Excel, detail-oriented, a strong initiative and demonstrated resourcefulness, and a willingness to take on a variety of assignment types — working independently and as part of a team. Candidates should be politically aware and involved (no specific political preference is required), and have a commitment to full protection of the First Amendment’s political rights.

Full-time interns will receive a stipend of $500 per month; part-time interns will receive a pro-rated stipend based on their hours.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. A summer start date is flexible (preferably in late May or early June). Please send a cover letter, resume, two writing samples, one recommendation from a professor, candidate or elected official, political leader, or similar person, and a transcript or list of all college-level classes to Joe Trotter, jtrotter [at]; or:

Center for Competitive Politics
124 S. West Street, Suite 201
Alexandria, VA 22314
fax: (703) 894-6811